A Chinese 1934 B&W movie, generally considered a classic of pre-war Chinese films. Also known as Ruan Lingyu's second-to-last film, with a plot that foreshadowed her own death. This movie shows the hard life of an ambitious young woman in 1930s Shanghai. There is a more thorough plot synopsis on Wikipedia. The movie is a talkie, that was also intended to be shown at theaters not set up for sound. The effect, frankly, is really weird. Topic: Shanghai B&W
A 1935 B&W Chinese movie, with Chinese intertitles. It stars Ruan Lingyu and Lily Li, two of the biggest female stars of the area, and was Ruan Lingyu's final role, being released after her suicide. It was filmed by Kuomintang-aligned Bo Ying Studios. Topic: Chinese B&W silent Shanghai
A 1944 Shanghai costume drama, B&W, Mandarin Chinese. One of many movie versions of Dream of the Red Chamber, the famous Chinese novel. An English version of the novel is also archived at http://www.archive.org/details/hungloumengbooki09603gut
A somewhat primitive proto-wuxia B&W silent short movie from 1933, with Chinese intertitles. A man and wife are bullied by their neighbors, but then get even through the use of a lot of fighting. The movie was directed, acted, and produced by Ren Pengnian, with his wife Wu Lizhu also acting. The pair went on to create well-regard Kung-Fu movies in Hong Kong after WWII. Topic: wuxia fighting B&W silent Shanghai
Chinese Title: 一江春水向東流：八年離亂 The first part of the 1947 Chinese film The Spring River Flows East. Note that there are no English subtitles or dubbing. See Also: The Spring River Flows East, Part 2: The Dawn Topic: China
A girl comes to Shanghai, where she learns about sports and love. The breakout movie for actress Lily Li, one of the era's biggest stars. Silent, B&W, Chinese intertitles. Topic: Shanghai Sports China B&W Silent
Perhaps an over-the-top example of Lianhua Studio's Output. Lily Li, one of the biggest stars of the day, plays an innocent country girl who is forced into a life of prostitution and then becomes a revolutionary. B&W, silent. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Shanghai Lianhua China B&W Silent
Chinese Title: 一江春水向東流：天亮前後 The second part of the 1947 Chinese film The Spring River Flows East. Note that there are no English subtitles or dubbing. See Also: The Spring River Flows East, Part 1: Eight War-Torn Years Topic: China
A 1934 movie which shows the parallel lives of two twins, separated at birth - one going to Shanghai, the other raised into the countryside. They meet, and there's various class explorations involved. B&W, Mandarin Chinese, Mingxing studios.
Directed by and starring Yuan Muzhi. This 1934 movie details the plight of college graduates determined to improve China, despite the corruption and injustice of the day. 1934, Diantong, Shanghai, B&W, Mandarin Chinese. Also known as "The Fate of Graduates."
Yuan Muzhi directs and stars in a movie about a young intelligentsia who wavers between a Western lifestyle and the Revolutionary cause. Soundtrack contains "March of the Volunteers," which went on to become the national anthem of the People's Republic of China. 1935, B&W, Mandarin Chinese. Also known as "Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm."
A 1934 Chinese film about the life of a group of workers constructing a road. Although basically a silent film, there is some singing dubbed in. Note that there are no English subtitles or dubbing. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: china
Produced by the Wan brothers in the midst of war, Princess Iron Fan is the first feature length animation made in China. We follow the Monkey King and his friends on their journey to the west. As they reach Fire Mountain they are unable to pass because of the fire but learn that a special iron fan can quench the flames. However, the fan belongs to Princess Iron Fan and she will not willingly lend it to them... Subtitles: VobSub (Chinese Simplified & Traditional) Chinese Simplified (GB)... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: China, Animation
Seen by many as the greatest Chinese film ever, Spring in a Small Town is different from other films of the era. In a time when most films were colored by the politics of the time, Spring in a Small Town is a story of a woman with a love dilemma. Subtitles: VobSub (Chinese Simplified & Traditional) English ( 6 reviews ) Topic: China
A song and dance epic produced by the People's Republic of China on the cusp of the Cultural Revolution. "What sort of film would have resulted if, in the mid 1960s, Busby Berkeley, fresh from his gig on 'Jumbo', had been invited by none other than Chairman Mao to realize a project styled 'a song and dance epic', for the benefit of the entire People's Republic of China to digest as a picture show entertainment? Something flashy, but with a message. Something to enliven and uplift the... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Mao Zedong, Mao Tse-Tung, Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, People's Republic of China,...
Shanghai, 1935. The beautiful young girl Xiao Hong is a singer at a teahouse. She falls in love with her neighbor, a handsome young musician called Xiao Chen. Their windows face each other, and Xiao Chen often entertains Xiao Hong with magic tricks through the window. When Xiao Hong discovers that her boss indends to sell her to a rich teahouse customer who has taken a liking to her, Xiao Chen and his eccentric bunch of friends do all they can to stop it. Subtitles: English (unsynced) ( 8 reviews ) Topics: China, Shanghai, drama, comedy
subtitles are available off this site at http://www.archive.org/details/ScenesOfCityLife-SrtSubtitles A heavily didactic 1935 Shanghai movie which plays as a tragic comedy. A poor guy loves a girl but there's another man after her, and her father is also in the way. It starts out like Charlie Chaplin, but it goes on to show the basic moral failures of the Westernized capitalistic city. While it has its problems (one of the biggest being that it has two huge framing devices right at the... ( 8 reviews ) Topics: Shanghai, China, Drama, Comedy, B&W